So you have your web server up and running and have installed some sort of content management system and you are ready to start posting. You might notice that uploading media (primarily images) and delivering it really slows the server down. So what can you do to make content delivery faster? The answer is easy. Let the media be served from elsewhere.
A simple way to get faster image delivery is to store your images on a remote site. The easiest way to do this is to create a folder on Google Drive and share the folder. Upload your images there and then link to the image URL. Just upload your image then click on details in Google Drive (right column) and near the bottom of the right side of the page you will see a link to the hosted folder. Open that link, find your image and then right click it and copy the link address. Then when you add an image in something like WordPress you can simply load it from the URL. Note:The image for this article was delivered from Google Drive.
I have now installed both Concrete5 and Drupal onto this little tablet and both of them seem to function just fine. So I am thinking that if you ran a small business with a cable connection, you could actually run your web site on a small inexpensive tablet rather than blowing a bunch of cash on a server or paying a lot for web hosting.
It’s only a thought of course, but it really is plausible for a small business that only gets a few dozen hits per day to easily run a tablet server. No big hassles of using you laptop or desktop as a server and low power consumption. Just charge the tablet before you head home and and it will easily run all night.
It is just a thought, but this site is proof that it can be done. (If you root your tablet you could then run on port 80 and not have to have the :8080 in your web address.
06 July: 0300, update: Concrete5 has some email issues, as in it doesn’t work, so if you need to allow users to register or submit forms, it ain’t going to hack the program. Drupal functions just fine in the email sending department.
After running the web server here for a day or so I have decided that I’m pretty much going to leave the web server permanently on my Asus tablet and run a semi-permanent blog covering all the software I’ll be testing on here.
I think my next attempt will be to try Joomla or Drupal and see how they work out. I am also thinking of trying some CGI based software to see how that works.
Stay tuned to see what’s next. Of course I will eventually blow up the server, but that is no big deal.
So today I set up this tablet with a server app from Google Play called KSWeb. This is a short follow up to my earlier post. It is obviously doing the job or you would not be reading this article. [Yes, you are reading this post from a server located on an Asus MeMo Pad HD7.] I found it easier to set up than a Linux virtual machine. Considering my regular WordPress site runs on an ancient Duron powered Linux box, this server is a comparative power house. A quad-core processor is obviously much faster than a single old AMD Duron.
So having a spare little server that runs on just about anything Android is a handy tool indeed. I get to play with themes and different type CMS systems to see what I like and don’t like. File permissions are not an issue as they sometimes can be in Linux.
If you have even a slim understanding of how to set up your router and use port forwarding then it is very simple to be up and running in less than 15 minutes.
It is sort of a must have for geeks. Those who don’t speak geek simply won’t understand, but at least now you know that next time you are reading a wordpress type blog site, it might just be running on your neighbor’s $50 droid tablet or on someone’s old android phone.
There are downsides of course. You would pretty much have to leave your tablet or phone always plugged in to a charger to keep your site online. On the other hand if you want to show a computer client something, it is rather handy to have your web server with you.
I was bored last night so I decided to check on running a web server on my android tablet. I really didn’t expect to find anything but I was mildly surprised to find that you certainly could run one on a tablet or even on your smartphone.
So I went ahead and installed the KSWeb server on my tablet. I then installed WordPress on the tablet. The Ksweb app has Mysql, php5 , ftp and phpmyadmin and a web interface to edit settings.
It works amazingly well. If you are reading this you are accessing my tablet’s web server. Pretty slick isn’t it? I am using it to test some themes for a web site I manage for a local car dealer. Makes it rather easy to play around.
If you would like some serious info and tips on how to accomplish this stuff on your phone or tablet check out this website at blog.laptopmag.com.
Obviously some features won’t work, such as email (that might be the next project). Below is a shot of the web interface for changing your settings via browser.